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I'd rather take a shot at 3N then 5. If run we just might have 9 tricks on a lead. If we have a loser 5 probably doesn't make either.
June 18, 2016
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For once, I wished I'd play NFB. Now I have to pass. If pard reopens with X, I suggest an invitational 3S.
June 17, 2016
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RKC-folly at its best.
June 15, 2016
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I might add, that this is only valid in the exact sequence 1-2m; 2, because a 2-rebid to show a minimum is no longer possible. 1-2m; 2 is not selfforcing. Uncontested we always play 2/1 KS-style: FG unless both rebid their suit.
June 14, 2016
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In my book 2 is self-forcing and only the 3-rebid is nonforcing. 3 denies a stopper and is probably only a doubleton. If I do not want to force and are not strong enough to rebid 3, double first.
June 13, 2016
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I always use the stop card and leave it at the table for (what feels like) 10s. If my RHO makes a skip bid, with or without the stop card, with or without leaving it on the table (should be on the table in Germany), I wait for (what feels like) 10s. My observation is: the stop card is almost always used, almost always immediately taken away and almost always ignored. I agree with “stop the stop card”! And while we're at it “stop alerting”.
June 11, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment June 11, 2016
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Good idea, done!
June 9, 2016
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Safety play is 9 from dummy and cover anything RHO plays.
June 9, 2016
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Added Cross IMPs, sorry!
June 9, 2016
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Even so, he might hope that declarer has only 6 -tricks and needs to develop a -trick. S:Ax, H:KQx, D:KQ, C:AKQJxx. Of course pard must switch to if a solid 7 is carved in stone.
June 9, 2016
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Like Louis I would not splinter with a stiff A and bid 3 (not a minimum in my book!). Then 4 (4 would confirm ), 4-4N (D.I.); 5 (Extras, A)-5 (looking for grand, good ); ? Either 6 lacking support or 7 with extra good .
June 8, 2016
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Even then, I'd rather play in the 4-4-fit and not in the 5-3-fit
June 8, 2016
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Thank you, everybody. I had KQxxx, JTxxx, xx, x. 4 certainly is an option, but I think 4 emphasizes on and and distribution rather then hcp. Pard passed and my 5 was passed out. In the post-mortem I suggested 5 and his opinion was that he had a minimum strong 1 with 5 as already shown and a doubtfull Q. You have convinced me that X is the correct call. I'd pull the double of course and pard should be able to read me for a stiff and bid 6.
June 7, 2016
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Germany and I admit that I'm not sure if I get away with it. But must people make silly assumptions about the system I play. If they know so much, why do they ask?
June 7, 2016
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Steve, the law is irrelevant! Do you never bid 4M on a 5-3/4-4-fit? Yes, I would expect 4 and even 4 to be a splinter for . As for the game force, it is our agreement. BTW we would bid 1 not 1 even with a bad 6 or even 7 like Kxxx, xxx, Kxx, Jxx, which in my count has the value of 6-.
June 7, 2016
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If I want pard to switch to , it is better to lead 8. If I lead J, pard takes the A and declarer drops Q, he might put his hopes in .
June 7, 2016
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Ah and I expected RHO to have 4-5/6.
June 7, 2016
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Richard, that is also my question! We do not have an explicit agreement for this exact situation. The general agreement is 3 stronger then 4 in an FG-situation. I intended to adress Steve with the previous comment.
June 7, 2016
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Showing the strong 1 after a positive establishes a gameforce.
June 7, 2016
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Obviously declarer must have answered for one of or and the answer should have been “RKCB for X, but we have no agreemment for this situation”. However, you asked the wrong question. Leave out your own interpretations, maybe it is not BW at all. Just ask for the meaning of 4N. We play D.I. In a lot of situations. Usually I explain 4N even if they ask the BW-question. If I really dislike opps I answer “the question is irrelevant”. I could probably even answer truthfully to the question asked and lead them on the wrong track.
June 7, 2016
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